Adults may find it difficult to believe that 17 years have passed since 9/11 — the single deadliest attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Most members of Hillcrest’s senior class were born that year; as a result, many of our students do not understand the impact that day — on which nearly 3,000 people lost their lives when terrorists hijacked 4 commercial airplanes — had on Americans, even those who were not directly affected by losing a loved one.
In a news article entitled “7 Ways to Remember 9/11,” reporter Cillian Zeal states, “Life in this country has changed immeasurably in those 17 years. We’re now more conscious of what it takes to keep our country secure from similar incidents. We’ve seen amazing patriotism blossom from unbelievable tragedy. And every year, we find new ways of remembering 9/11 — both the incredible destruction caused and those who were left behind.”
In an effort to ensure that our students never forget the sacrifices made on that day and every day since, 11th-and-12th-grade history teacher Ms. Gail Flemmons spoke with our 5th-and-6th-grade students today about 9/11. She shared events of that day, stories of those who willingly worked to save others, and some of the more iconic pictures of the Twin Towers and other affected areas. Ms. Flemmons also made time at the end of her presentation for students to ask questions, and she says that they had plenty of them.
Every HCS teacher (of our older students who are able to understand and not to be unnecessarily scared) has been encouraged to discuss 9/11 as part of their lessons today and to encourage our students not only to remember, but to celebrate first responders and to serve others as a way to honor those who needlessly died that day. This is our duty as Christians, as Psalm 82:3-4 states, “Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; rescue them out of the hand of the wicked.”